The safe city concept has become increasingly

- Jan 15, 2018-

The safe city concept has become increasingly widespread among municipalities around the world as they devote resources and efforts to creating a secure environment for residents. More and more, security technologies such as video surveillance combined with advanced analytics have played an important part in this regard.
 
That's among the key findings in the Safe Cities Index 2017 report released. The report included rankings of 60 cities around the global in terms of overall safety, the top ten being Tokyo, Singapore, Osaka, Toronto, Melbourne, Amsterdam, Sydney, Stockholm, Hong Kong and Zurich.
 
Also, the report ranked the cities under four subcategories of security namely digital, health, infrastructure and personal. In terms of personal security, the top ten cities were Singapore, Wellington, Osaka, Tokyo, Toronto, Taipei, Hong Kong, Melbourne, Stockholm and Amsterdam.
 
The paper points out that video surveillance continues to be a powerful crime-prevention tool for many cities “When CCTV or webcams are matched with artificial intelligence technologies such as facial recognition, gait analysis and behavior detection, criminal behavior or unusual activity can be detected and reported as it happens, allowing cities to quickly deploy an emergency response,” it said. “In China, the police force is working with technology companies to develop these capabilities so that it can track the behavior and movements of individuals.”
 
The report further pointed out as a result of these new capabilities, as well as the growth of terrorist incidents and the rise of urban populations, the surveillance technology market is growing rapidly. Citing IHS Markit predictions, the report noted that in the professional market, shipments of HD CCTV cameras will increase to nearly 29 million units globally in 2017, up from fewer than 200,000 units in 2012.

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